October 4, 2015 - St. Joseph`s Church

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October 4, 2015 - St. Joseph`s Church
ST. JOSEPH‟S CHURCH
MOTHER CHURCH OF THE BERKSHIRES
ESTABLISHED 1849
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Liturgical Celebrations
Saturday
The Staff
Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, Pastor
Rev. Geoffrey Deeker, CSS, Priest in Residence
Rev. Mr. Pasqual Baldasaro, Deacon
John Arasimowicz,
Coordinator of Youth Religious Education
e-Mail: [email protected]
Michele Madden, Secretary
e-Mail: [email protected]
Mrs. Patricia Momnie, Pastoral Minister
4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM
11:30 AM
Daily Mass
12:10 PM
RCIA
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM
Holy Hour
Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM
Daily Rosary
Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM
St. Joseph’s Parish Office
Prayer Group 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 6:45 PM
414 North Street. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel: (413) 445-5789
Fax: (413) 443-5466
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
e-Mail: [email protected]
St. Joseph’s Cemetery Web site: www.stjoepittsfield.com
Mr. Paul Guillou, Superintendent
Nancy Nolan, Secretary
Tel: (413) 499-1317
Sacrament of Baptism:
All new parents are expected to complete a course of instruction.
Please consult the parish office for classes.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays, 3:00-3:45PM
Sacrament of Matrimony:
Couples should contact the parish office at least one year prior to the wedding.
New Parishioners should register at the parish office. We look forward to welcoming you to the
parish family and hope you will become involved with your time, talent and treasure.
Ministry to the Sick and Parishioners confined to home have visitations that are scheduled on a
regular basis. Please notify the parish office to make arrangements.
Religious Education Classes are held at St. Joseph‟s High School following the 9:00 AM Mass
for all public school students, grades K-11, and parochial students preparing for Sacraments.
Pope Francis Speaks to Families
There Will Be Crosses!
It is normal for husband and wife to argue–it‟s normal. It always happens. But my advice is this: never let the
day end without having first made peace. Never! A small gesture is sufficient. Thus the journey may continue.
Marriage is a symbol of life, real life– it is not “fiction”! It is the sacrament of the love of Christ and the Church,
a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the cross. My desire for you is that you have a good journey, a
fruitful one, growing in love. I wish you happiness. There will be crosses! But the Lord is always there to help
us move forward.
- Homily at mass for the rite of marriage, St. Peter’s Square
September 14, 2014
St. Joseph Church Religious Education
Thank you to all our teachers for this year: Grade K – Samantha Walter and Karin Darji; 1st Grade – Laura
Brady; 2nd Grade – Sandy, Catherine and Stephanie Van Bramer; 3rd Grade – Luann Erichetto and Robin
Monterosso; 4th Grade – Ed Boehm; 5th Grade – Marygrace Brown and Jody Skrocki; 6th Grade – Pat Coulter;
7th/8th/9th Grades –Ann Manns and John DiNicola; 10th/11th Grades– Christopher Sposato and Pat Masoero. Assisting John this year is Betty Kirby, Nancy Wojtkowski with help from Julie Street, Tom Van
Bramer, Katherine Eddy and Maryanne Sherman. We welcome anyone wishing to teach or sub. Please contact us if you can lend a hand.
REMINDERS:
†
CCD Registrations are still being collected at the high school. Please bring in your form or fill out a new
one as soon as possible.
†
ENTRANCE TO the high school is only at the North Pearl Street door and EXIT FROM the high school
will be into the parking lot.
IMPORTANT DATES:
October 4th
October 11th
October 15th
October 18th
October 18th
October 18th
Permission slip due for Middle School bullying workshop
NO CLASS
*** Confirmation Rehearsal*** - 6:00 p.m. in church
CCD class for grades K-5 AND 9-10
Confirmation Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Mass – All candidates should meet in the Parish
Center no later than 11:00 a.m.
Middle School Bullying Workshop 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church
LECTORS & EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
D
Saturday 4 PM
Eucharistic Ministers: Paula Dodds, Josie Daviau, Joe Tournier, Kay Tournier,
Cheryl Furtek & Carol Gamberoni
Lectors:
Jim Armstrong & Sr. Jean Bostley
Sunday, 9 AM
Eucharistic Ministers: Edward Boehm, Gene Cornell, Jeanne Cornell, Terry Costello,
Paul Guillou & Kurt Haswell
Lectors:
Jason Street & Peggy Taylor
Sunday, 11:30 AM
Eucharistic Ministers: J. Weatherwax, Michael Wood, P. McDonough, Joe Dahrouge,
Ron Pelletier & Mary Huska
Lectors:
Robert Bouquet & Anne Dunham
OCTOBER 4, 2015
BUS TRIP to
ENDERS ISLAND
Recover / Create / Retreat
Reserve your seat today! St. Joseph’s Annual Bus Trip to Enders
Island: a day of retreat. Attend Mass, enjoy a hot lunch and time
for yourself too! Date: Monday, October 19th. Cost: $75 per person. The bus leaves at 8 AM & we leave Enders about 4 PM.
Please call the rectory for reservations.
We are so grateful to Jason Street’s Cub
Scout Troop for their awesome job for
our Food Pantry. They collected close to
100 bags of non-perishable items and
$120. Certainly a job well done!!!!
If some of the screams reached our ears, we’d just SING A LITTLE
LOUDER. Join us for a free screening of the powerful short film, SING
A LITTLE LOUDER, with personal testimony from pro-life activist,
Penny Lea. Date: Saturday, October 17 at 5 PM. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center, 70 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA Food & Refreshments will be served. Inspired by a true story. Singloudermovie.com
FREE EVENT
Fall Cleanup
St. Joseph Church
& grounds,
outside & inside.
Saturday, 10/17.
Volunteers
kindly contact
Jack Laviolette
at 464-6009
or by e-mail
p
[email protected]
ROSARY
Please join us
after the 9 AM
Mass in the
South Chapel,
today,
October 4th.
The St. Anne Society will hold its next meeting on October 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish
Center. Following the business meeting, the ladies will enjoy a game night with fun, prizes, and
refreshments. All women of the parish are welcome to come and enjoy
the evening with friends and fellowship.
Beginning November 1st, there will be a sign up sheet at each Mass for folks who would like to present the Eucharistic gifts of bread and wine to Father during the offertory. However, at the nine o‟clock Mass when C.C.D. is
in session, children will be chosen to present the gifts as is presently being done. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to take part in this activity. Just remember to check the roster at the front entrance to the church and sign up.
.
On All Souls day, November 2nd, there will be a 7 p.m. Memorial Mass honoring all the members of the parish
who died in the past year, as well as any of your special loved ones that you would care to remember. During the
offertory, you will be asked to come and light a candle, then place it in the prepared box in front of the altar
where it will continue to burn during the Mass.
There will be a special book for you to inscribe the names of folks you would like to remember during the month
of November. The book will be set up on a special table at the main entrance of the church. Those names will be
remembered at every Mass during the month of November.
Sacrificial offering last week: $7,038. Many thanks for your generosity!
The Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Eugene F. Marshall, Council #103, will be holding its annual fundraiser to improve the quality of life for “People with Intellectual Disabilities” in our community. The Knights will be collecting donations after each Mass this weekend. Tootsie Rolls will be handed out by our Brother Knights to show appreciation for your support. Contributions can also be made directly to: Contact Grand Knight Jack Laviolette.
We are taking orders for 5 inch Canadian meat pies “Tourtiere”, consisting of beef, pork,
potato, onion, celery and spices at $5.00 each, a total of 50 frozen, uncooked pies will be
made and sold. For more information kindly contact Rita Laviolette at 499 -3623.
CYCLE B OCTOBER 4, 2015
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this
commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God
made them male and female ..."
In today's Gospel, Jesus sheds light on the nature of
Christian marriage. The Pharisees were trying to trick
him, but Jesus transformed their plot into a teachable
moment. Speaking of the Mosaic law that allowed a
man to divorce his wife, Jesus indicated that this manmade law was not the standard by which marriage
should be understood. Instead, he referred back to "the
beginning of creation."
In the story of Adam and Eve, we see the first human couple living in a state of perfect harmony and
bliss with each other and with God. As today's Old Testament reading reveals, Adam was thrilled with Eve.
"This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my
flesh," he declares with joy and relief. God's original
plan for marriage was part of the joyful paradise in
Eden. But sin entered the world, and with it came a rupture in the pristine unity of the man and the woman.
The tensions between husbands and wives have been
problematic ever since. Thus Jesus explains divorce as
the result of sin (i. e., "the hardness of your hearts"). But
as always, Jesus calls us to transcend the slavery of sin.
And more than that, he promises us his own divine help,
his grace, and his Spirit to enable us to accomplish
what we could not do on our own power. So when he
replaces the Mosaic law with his commandment about
marriage--"what God has joined together, no human
being must separate"--he is calling us to a more beautiful understanding of marriage: one that is blessed by
the true marital unity that can transcend the sadness of
sin.
Please leave donations of diapers (disposable, sizes
1-6), baby wipes and clean, baby clothing in good
condition in the crib at the back of the church.
Donations support: Pregnancy Support Services
of Berkshire County, 34 Depot Street, Room 204,
Pittsfield, MA
Please join us in praying for our nation on October 10, 2015 at 12 Noon. The Local Public Square
Rosary Rally will take place at St. Joseph Church.
Please contact Jodi Poole at 841-0789
for more information.
First Saturday, October 3rd
SCOTT DANFORD & RAYMOND VACCARO
5TH ANNIVERSARY
4 PM
Requested by Wife, Doreen
Sunday, October 4th
THERESA NAVROSKI 9TH ANNIVERSARY 9 AM
Requested by Family
ALEXANDER & TEOFILA KOLDYS
11:30 AM
Requested by Family
Monday, October 5st
M/M CARMEN SPAZIOSO
69th Wedding Anniversary
Requested by Karen Cowell
Tuesday, October 6th
TROY DUFFY Class of „42
Requested by Claire Volin
Wednesday, October 7th
AGNES HUNT
Requested by Daughter
Thursday, October 8th
BRIAN KOSCHER
Requested by Friends at St. Joe
Friday, October 9th
GORDON MACKINNON
Requested by Connie & Joel
Saturday, October 10th
BOB DRISCOLL 6TH ANNIVERSARY
Requested by Family & Friends
12:10 PM
12:10 PM
12:10 PM
12:10 PM
12:10 PM
4 PM
Sunday, October 11th
PAUL MANATA & EDWARD POOLE
9 AM
Requested by Daughter
BILL FRESIA 4th Anniversary
11:30 AM
Requested by Family
Sanctuary Candle –Shawn Mahoney
Requested by His friend Terri
NEICH BED ZIE POCHWALONY JEZUS CHRYSTUS
ST. JOSEPH PRAYER LINE: 443 -1221
Readings for the Week of October 4, 2015
Sunday: Gn 2:18-24/Heb 2:9-11/Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
Monday: Jon 1:1--2:2, 11/Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Jon 3:1-10/Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Jon 4:1-11/Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Mal 3:13-20b/Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2/Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Jl 4:12-21/Lk 11:27-28
Next Sunday: Wis 7:7-11/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
GLUTEN FREE HOSTS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO
CANNOT TOLERATE GLUTEN. PLEASE NOTIFY
PRIEST BEFORE MASS.

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